In 2019/20, 1.6 million working people suffered from a work-related illness in Great Britain (HSE)
, in addition to general illnesses that are not caused by work but were suffered in the workplace. All employees have the right to work in an environment in which all health and safety risks are managed and controlled to prevent them from getting hurt or ill through work. Employers are responsible for providing adequate first aid facilities in relation to the number of staff and level of risk at a workplace.
What first aid provision should an employer make?
HSE guidance states that minimum first aid provision in any workplace
is a suitably stocked first aid kit, an appointed person to make first aid arrangements, and clear information for employees detailing the first aid protocol.
Do employers need to provide a trained first aider?
All employers must provide an appointed person, who is responsible for looking after first aid equipment and calling emergency services when required; they do not need to be trained in first aid. However, larger workplaces, or those with higher risks, do need to provide trained first aiders. The table below provides further guidance on whether your workplace is likely to require a trained first aider:
What should be included in a workplace first aid kit?
The British Standards Institution introduced BS 8599-1 (since updated to BS 8599-1:2019) to consider more modern and functional products than previous guidance, and this is therefore the HSE-recommended standard for organisations to use.
Our British Standard Workplace Kits
are ideal for many businesses, but we have also created specialist Catering First Aid Kits
and School First Aid Kits
to provide even more comprehensive equipment for these specific environments. BS 8599-1:2019 now includes Personal Issue First Aid Kits
and Critical Injury Packs
, and BS 8599-2 includes Travel and Motoring First Aid Kits
. All of these are useful if employees frequently travel, work alone, or work in high-risk environments.
To see our full range of first aid kits, select one of the categories below:
Similarly to first aiders, the requirements for a first aid kit also depend on the size, risk level and nature of the workplace.
We have a detailed blog providing information on workplace first aid kit requirements and contents
. However, the table below provides a simple breakdown in terms of size:
How often should employers restock first aid kits?
One thing that can be easy to overlook is the need to restock first aid kits, particularly with reference to expiry dates on some items. Just as it is expected for employers to provide the first aid kit, they must also maintain it to the same standard and ensure all supplies are functional. Our British Standard Refill Packs
are an easy solution to ensure kits are always up to date.
Should employers provide first aid rooms?
The HSE recommends first aid rooms in larger businesses or environments where there is a higher risk of injury or illness. Of course, providing a first aid room in any size of business is likely to improve employee wellbeing and create a more positive working environment.
What are the requirements of a first aid room?
What should be included in a first aid room?
There is not a set list of required items to go in a first aid room, however, these are recommended items from the HSE:
What kind of first aid couch should a first aid room have?
This will mostly depend on the needs of the people receiving first aid, the first-aider or appointed person, and the workplace.
Our First Aid Couch
is appropriate for most workplaces that have a designated first aid room. It is made up of a sturdy, epoxy-coated square steel frame, with high quality black upholstery that is easy to wipe down. With a built-in roll dispenser, it is easy to ensure high standards of hygiene are being maintained. At 77cm in height, it is appropriate for a first aid room that will predominantly be serving average-height adults.
Our Low Level First Aid Couch
is appropriate for schools or workplaces that have a designated first aid room. It is made up of a sturdy, epoxy-coated square steel frame, with high quality black upholstery that is easy to wipe down. With a built-in roll dispenser, it is easy to ensure high standards of hygiene are being maintained. At 40cm in height, it is ideal for first aid rooms that will serve children or smaller adults.
Make sure you understand exactly what your workplace needs and that you have the necessary first aid kits and equipment
to provide effective first aid in your workplace.
Read our blog for more information on first aid
, or contact us
for further advice and information on our products.